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Old 08-04-2014, 03:24 PM   #1
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Motorcycle carrier

We just purchased a 2014 Fleetwood 33' Excursion diesel. I want to carry a 280 pound motorcycle on the rear - the carrier weighs about 100 pounds so I will have nearly 400 pounds on the rear.

No hitch weight with the toad since I will be 4 wheels down.

Will 400 pounds on the rear have an effect on the way it drives - any other issues

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Old 08-04-2014, 04:20 PM   #2
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Google Cruiser Lift and check out their site. They have a chart that you can use to determine how much weight you will transfer off the steer axle and place on drive axle. If you hang 400# on the rear of the coach it will actually add a higher amount to the rear axle because of the bike/carrier being so far back. I weighed my coach and found I was already over on the rear and hadn't even loaded it for use yet so I can't carry mine-didn't spend the $ for the lift yet.


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Old 08-04-2014, 05:02 PM   #3
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You may want to check this carrier out on Amazon. It weighs only 35 lbs and is well made. It also comes with a device that dampens sway.

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Old 08-04-2014, 10:36 PM   #4
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I don't think you'll have any problem with handling at all.

I carry a Road King on a Hydralift on the back of our 2006 Bounder Diesel, and tow 4 down. The lift and bike is about 900 lbs. and with leverage figured in, I've increased the weight to the rear axle by about 1300 lbs. Of course I've unloaded the front axle some also by doing this. I'm still under the GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) for the rear axle.

I've not noticed any difference in handling, and the performance of the rig hasn't had any noticeable change either.

Be sure and get the weights of each wheel, and work within the limits of your GAWR for your rear axle.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:49 AM   #5
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A rear bike rack needs to be secured to the chassis frame of the RV. Improper installation can cause mounts and welds to tear and break away with all the bouncing movement traveling down the roadway.

Too much rear overhang weight will transfer weight off of the front axle making steering dangerous. Their is a math formula involving overhang, wheelbase and weight as their is a teeter totter effect.
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I've got the PDF file of Cruiserlift's moved weight formula but not quite savvy enough to post it here. If anyone can tell me how to upload a PDF to my post I'll be happy to do it. Or just go to Cruiserlift's site and grab it yourself. It tells exactly how much weight transfers from front axle to back based on inches mounted behind the rear axle and weight.


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You won't even notice it.
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You may want to check this carrier out on Amazon. It weighs only 35 lbs and is well made. It also comes with a device that dampens sway.

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Have something similar, works fine!
Sometimes I put it on the back of the Jeep, sometimes in between.
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It will be much more then 400 lb added to the rear GAWR.

For Rear Lifts have your front & rear axle weighted when loaded for travel. Then you can add on the extra weight of a lift by below.
Measure the distance from the center of rear axle to the center of the weight(Lift)
Divide that number by the RV’s wheelbase.
Multiply the result by 100 to get percent. That percent of the load is added to the load and becomes the total load added to the rear axle. That percent of the load is subtracted from the front axle weight and unloads the front axle by that amount.
800 lb bike, Lift 100 lb=900 lb Center axle to rear 120” wheelbase 240” 120 divide by 240=0.50 X 100= 50%

Weight is 1350 lb added to rear axle Front axle will be 450 lbs lighter
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I just tried one on my Class C and didn't know it was back there. Got a Honda Scooter that weighs 286#. Got an aluminum carrier from Harbor Freight and only weighs about 40#.
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